Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

‘The Raid’s’ Jon Taslim to Star in ‘Mortal Kombat’ for New Line

‘The Raid’s’ Jon Taslim to Star in ‘Mortal Kombat’ for New Line

The upcoming Mortal Kombat movie will star actor and martial artist Joe Taslim as the superpowered fighter Sub-Zero! The upcoming film's casting is underway now and there's an exciting new update. Joe, an alum of Indonesia's national Judo team, also has some acting credits to his name. Certainly, this skill set makes Taslim an understandable pick for a role in a film based on a fighting game, and the new Mortal Kombat movie is sure to be high on action and heavily focused on martial arts prowess.

The 38-year-old actor - who is best known for his roles as Jah in "Fast & Furious 6" and Ito in the 2018 Netflix film "The Night Comes for Us" - will reportedly join the production when it begins shooting in Australia later this year and is set to take on the role of Sub-Zero. The blue-clad ninja with ice powers has always been a favorite so securing him for the film should be a popular decision; let's just hope that the movie is a good one since there still aren't a lot of good video game ones.

Filmmakers - who include James Wan, serving as a producer this time around - will have plenty of material to work with, considering the game's longevity. He'll fit right into the Mortal Kombat Universe. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft.

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Mortal Kombat is still a massive video game franchise and the latest game had the most successful launch in franchise history back in April. James Wan and Todd Garner are producing, with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean Robins executive producing.

The reboot is supposedly targeting a theatrical release in early 2010, so you have until then to rewatch the original 1995 adaptation and, if you dare, the reviled sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

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